Do not check the following documents in your luggage as you will need them at the U.S. Port of Entry:
You should also be prepared to present the following documents at the Port of Entry:
On the Airplane
Crew members will distribute Customs Declaration Forms (CF-6059B) and Arrival Departure Record Forms (I-94). These must be completed prior to arriving in the U.S. On the Form I-94, you should provide the address where you will reside in the U.S., not the address of the school or program. Additional information about filling out the I-94 card is available online. A sample I-94 card with instructions for filling it out can be accessed here.
At the Port of Entry: U.S. VISIT Procedure
After departing the airplane in the U.S., you will pass through a U.S. Immigration Port of Entry inspection. Your passport, visa, I-20 or DS-2019, and other documents will be officially reviewed by a Customs and Border Protection officer.A digital photograph and a biometric scan of your index finger/10 fingers will be taken. You will likely have to answer a few questions and indicate your reason for entering the U.S. (to be a student); you may have to provide proof of admission.
Please be aware that a visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official has authority to deny admission.
Once your inspection is successfully completed, the Customs and Border Protection should stamp I-20 or DS-2019 and your Form I-94 (the index-sized card you received on the plane) with your date of arrival. The official should also note your non-immigrant status (F-1 or J-1) and D/S (duration of status—how long you are eligible to remain in the U.S.). Please be sure that both documents are marked in this manner. If you notice that they are not, please politely bring this to the attention of the CBP official to see if it would be possible to correct at that time. If not, please bring this to the attention of the Coordinator of International Education when you arrive on-campus and check-in with the Office of International Education (302 Bray Hall).